Over, Under, Through
In the summer of 2012, the Denver Department of Parks and Recreation launched their national ‘Re-Imagine Play’ competition to re-design a portion of City Park as a multi-seasonal, multigenerational play space of the 21st century. Our proposal, chosen as one of three finalists, was inspired by Denver’s history and geography, incorporating three iconic elements: a great hill (representing the mountains), a sunken amphitheater (representing the area’s history of mining) and a series of ribbons meandering through the site (representing the South Platte River). By creating a rich and varied environment, numerous opportunities for play, both structured and unstructured, were generated. Proposed programmatic activities included an amphitheater for summer concerts and plays, an adventure play area with climbing nets, a great hill for picknicking in summer and sledding in winter and a meandering paved ribbon that could accommodate rollerblading in summer and ice skating in winter.